Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015-2016 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship (VHJF). The purpose of the Fellowship is to support aspiring journalists from countries lacking media freedom and independence to pursue their profession in support of pluralism. It is inspired by former Czech President Vaclav Havel's belief in the transformational role of journalism in challenging tyranny.
The Fellowship is a joint initiative of RFE/RL and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and is generously supported by the Prague Freedom Foundation and the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE97.
Selected Fellows are placed with a language service at RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague, where they receive on-the-job training and mentoring while working alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals. The program will help position the selected Fellows as standard-bearers of their profession and leaders in their communities, on-line, on air, and in the world.
COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED AT firstname.lastname@example.org BY 2400 CET, SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015.
CANDIDATES WILL BE INFORMED OF THEIR SELECTION BY JULY 3, 2015.
Fellows will be expected to represent themselves and the Fellowship in public events and discussions relating to media conditions in their country.
Fellows may be invited to propose projects related to their journalism and receive funding as a follow-on to the Fellowship.
Fellowships are for a term of eight months, including one month spent at the beginning and end of the program at a local RFE/RL bureau. A monthly stipend, housing, insurance, and travel arrangements to and from Prague are provided.
This year, the Fellowship accepts applications from journalists in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation.